About the Adult Family Home Council

The Adult Family Home Council (AFH Council) is a mission driven member organization formed in 1993 providing adult family home providers with resources and training covering all aspects of their business. The Adult Family Home Council supports regional chapters that conduct regular meetings, continuing education and networking opportunities. The AFH Council also advocates on behalf of AFH providers with the state legislature, the Department of Social and Health Services, as a member of the Washington State Senior Citizen’s Lobby, and is the exclusively recognized representative of adult family homes for purposes of collective bargaining.

AFH Council’s Board of Directors is made up of volunteer Adult Family Home providers elected to a three year term based on their regional location in the state. The purpose of the Board, on behalf of AFH Council’s membership, is to ensure the AFH Council achieves appropriate results for the membership at an appropriate cost. The Board commits itself and its members to ethical, professional, and lawful conduct, including proper use of authority and appropriate decorum when acting as Board members.

Responsibilities include:

  • Determine the Organization’s Mission and Purpose
  • Recruit, supervise, retain, evaluate and compensate executive director
  • Govern and support the organization and the relationship with the executive director
  • Ensure Effective Organizational Planning
  • Ensure Adequate Resources
  • Manage Resources Effectively
  • Determine and Monitor the Organization’s Programs and Services
  • Enhance the Organization’s Public Image
  • Assess its Own Performance

Click here for information about upcoming board meetings

Click here for the latest Board Meeting Minutes

Position

 

Name

 

Email

 

Phone

       

Region 1

 

Kim Erwin

 

kcafh@hotmail.com

 

509.475.8618

Region 2

 

Jenna Hester

 

jen2982@live.com

 

509.961.6960

Region 3

 

Edwin Bondoc

 

Shepherd6017@gmail.com

 

206.778.1921

Region 4

 

Dorothy Schlimme

 

dorothyschlimme@comcast.net

 

206.841.1866

Region 5

 

Rey Aquinde

 

reyaquinde@yahoo.com

 

253.565.4545

Region 6

 

Claudia Coppola

 

claudia@olympicneighbors.org

 

706.296.4091

Region 7

 

Amelia Hertog

 

c.iuhertog@comcast.net

 

206.660.5224

   

 

 

 

 

       

At Large Delegate

 

Daniela Torkelson

 

daniela@afhmanagement.com

 

206.769.0603

At Large Delegate

 

Madonna Maxaner

 

madonnamaxaner@gmail.com

 

360.993.2610

At Large Delegate

 

Bonnie Bruce

 

blbruce360@msn.com

 

360.624.8989

At Large Delegate

 

Gene Nassen

 

gnassen@genteelafh.com

 

509.929.4207

 Region 1:  Adams, Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Grant, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane and Whitman Counties

Region 2:  Asotin, Benton, Columbia, Garfield, Franklin, Kittitas, Klickitat, Walla Walla and Yakima Counties

Region 3:  Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom Counties

Region 4:  King County

Region 5:  Kitsap and Pierce Counties

Region 6:  Clallam, Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Skamania, Thurston and Wahkiakum Counties

Region 7:  King County

Collective bargaining is a process of negotiations between the state of Washington and the AFH Council, primarily to set Medicaid reimbursement rates, but also to provide for a process to resolve disputes and an official Communications Committee.  The AFH Council is the exclusive representative of Adult Family Home Providers who receive Medicaid payments. The organization negotiates and enforces the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which is re-negotiated every two years, coinciding with the state’s budget biennium.  Bargaining for the 2019-21 biennium resulted in a negotiated contract including:

  • Important clarification about the PACE and MCO programs
  • Backdated authorizations for untimely significant change
  • Contract language that requires DSHS to interact with the provider in the development of the assessment
  • Created separate healthcare and training benefits
  • Increased mental health contract reimbursements
  • Meaningful Home Based Activities as a statewide program
  • Payment for medical escort
  • Scheduled rate increases to the daily rates
  • 7/1/19
  • 1/1/20
  • 7/1/20
  • Increases for specialty contract rates (ECS, SBS, PDN)
  • Increases in community integration rates

 

The AFH Council is continuing to work for better compensation of residents requiring awake staff at night, two person assist, and exhibit mood and behavior that cause increased time to provide assistance with activities of daily living.  Click here to view the current collective bargaining agreement.  The Collective Bargaining Agreement was modified in December of 2019 through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the AFH Council and the State of Washington. The modifications are relevant to Section 8 “Training and Health Care” and the corresponding appendices (B and C). The change modifies the negotiated training benefit starting in January 2020. For the first six months of 2020, the state will contribute $0.23 of the training benefit to the AFH Training Network for each date of service claimed by an adult family home serving a resident in the classification identified in part C of the memorandum.  Beginning in July of 2020, the state will contribute $0.23 for every date of service paid to an AFH provider for all classifications. The MOU is included in the full contract linked above.  The specific provisions of the MOU are available at this link.  Click here to read the Memorandum of Understanding

We are pleased to present you with our annual reports. Please click on a link below to view the annual report for that year.

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